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The Line: Migrants Seeking Asylum Surge Through Albuquerque

Albuquerque Immigration

May 10, 2019 – The accommodation of asylum seekers as they work their way through the immigration process was bolstered this week with an Albuquerque City Council vote to allocate $250,000 for humanitarian support in their transition through the city. But some are wondering how it is Albuquerque can come up with this kind of money so quickly with so many homeless people on its streets desperate for services and support as well. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists debate the proposal, which passed by a 6 to 3 vote.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm, Inc.

For Further Reading:

U.S. asylum screeners to take more confrontational approach as Trump aims to turn more migrants away at the border – by Nick Miroff, The Washington Post

Mayor promotes efforts to address homelessness – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Expo New Mexico a Temporary Stay for Some Asylum Seekers

Albuquerque Immigration

May 2, 2019 – While Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said his city was better equipped to send donations and services to points south rather than host asylum seekers, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and state officials announced that Expo New Mexico is ready to provide temporary housing in its dorms. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel explore different approaches between the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque when it comes to sheltering asylum seekers.

Earlier this week, NMiF hosted a Facebook Live interview with Gary Coffin, the vice president of Indivisible Nob Hill, and Jim Gannon, CEO of Catholic Charities, to discuss ways to help asylum seekers. You can watch it on the New Mexico in Focus Facebook page.

 

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

Santa Fe mayor: ‘Our hearts were overruled by our heads’ on housing migrants – by Ari Burack, Santa Fe New Mexican

Mayor: Santa Fe won’t be hosting migrants – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

Governor, Albuquerque mayor: Expo New Mexico will house migrants – by Marian Camacho, KOB 4

Expo NM will open dorms to asylum-seekers – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal